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Australian Sporting Alliance for People with a Disability registered as legal entity

May 25 2023

The Australian Sporting Alliance for People with a Disability (ASAPD) has officially been registered as a legal entity, and has secured financial and strategic support from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

Australian Sporting Alliance for People with a Disability registered as legal entity

ASAPD is made up of the participating Australian National Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (NSODs), which have come together to create a singular voice to increase the accessibility of sport and physical activity for those with a disability, impairment or limitation. 

The ASC will support ASAPD in its pursuit to create more opportunities for Australians with a disability to be involved in sport, while also allowing the organisation to invest in member services, employ staff and deliver strategic objectives. 

ASAPD Chair John Croll said: “Through the support of the ASC and all our members, the ASAPD has built a skilled coalition to raise awareness and deliver improved resources to our sporting sector. The ASAPD is now in a strong position to build momentum and deliver real outcomes for Australians with a disability, and we will continue to be focused on creating opportunities for people to be active and included in disability sport.”

The association also counts global disability advocate, and Independent Member on the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee, Robyn Smith, as a board member. 

Smith added: “For the first time in my 30 years working in the sector, the members have all collaboratively come together to form the ASAPD and shine a light on the power of sport to enhance the lives of those living with a disability. Working together and speaking as one has undoubtedly raised the profile of sport in our sector.”

ASAPD is aiming to better serve the disability sport sector in Australia from grassroots through to high performance. 

Image: Guilherme Maggieri on Unsplash

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